Hello everyone! I'm new to this wonderful site, and somewhat new to this Great State. I'm an avid kayak fisherman, but green to these waters and fisheries. Does anyone kayak fish here? Are there any kayak angler clubs?
I am not an experienced Kayaker so maybe I am being more daring than I should. But I have flipped a canoe on a small stream as a kid, narrowly avoided sweepers in a drift boat, and flipped a kayak in PWS. In those situations I think I felt the safest in PWS. No current, just bobbing around with my PFD, and LOTS of other boats and people around if I couldn't self rescue. The water was NOT instant Hypothermia but of course it was in July. ...
This weather has me getting all excited. I know summer is still a ways out but I can't help but to feel spring is around the corner!!!!!
I hear ya loud and clear on the "spring around the corner" vibe... Last spring I scratched the itch by refinishing a canoe in the garage.... no such luck this year.
as for the hazards it's really what you're used to... canoes in small streams, sweepers in rafts, bailed from flipped kayaks in holes I misjudged... badly, I've done that kind of thing many a times... (far more than my guardian angel should have had to deal with truth be known) river hazards I'm familiar with and a) know better now to avoid, b) know what to do when it happens c) am prepared to deal with the after effects.
But I grew up on the prairies in the shadow of the easter slopes of the rockies, the ocean is a big unknown, I don't know how the tides, currents, winds etc and all that work. so I'm a bit cautious... i'd be comfortable with close in to Whittier or Seward but out in the coves where the charter boats go is probably a little irresponsible until I can get educated. besides when I was 18 it was just me... now I have 5 others who depend on me to not be stupid. Kinda makes a guy get a little cautious...
I'm still debating... I may end up caving in buying the Yak this year anyway... I'm restraining myself (trying to teach the kids responsible finances and all) but posts like these are making it hard to resist.... (goal first..then reward!!!)
I can blame people including you...I ended up ordering a pirahana max 160 portable sonar today for the kayak. Last one worked great...until I flipped my kayak. Live and learn!
I do a bit of kayak fishing near anchorage and also near anchor point and homer. I have been doing it for years. Whittier is pretty awesome for kayak fishing. Valdez is amazing but watch for sharks and sea otters. No saltwater fishing near anchorage due to the water content and mud.